Bert Jansch‘s ‘Avocet’ album gets a 40th anniversary reissue, on Earth Recordings.

Available as a limited (to 500) white vinyl edition with newly discovered downloadable bonus tracks, it also comes with liner notes from from Pentangle bandmate Danny Thompson. It can also be heard on Spotify as well as being downloadable via Bandcamp.

It features, among others, ex-bandmate Thompson, and Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft).

The album is a paean to British birds, a particular interest of the guitarist and songwriter – indeed, preceding Avocet’s original release was a 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins – with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.)

The new edition – mastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes – includes three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in 1977 with Martin Jenkins (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine).

01: Avocet
02: Lapwing
03: Bittern
04: Kingfisher
05: Osprey
06: Goldfinch
07: Bittern (live in Italy, 1977)
08: Kingfisher (live in Italy, 1977)
09: Avocet (live in Italy, 1977)